Book Review: Sapphire Smyth and the Shadow Five Part 1 by R.J. Furness @rjfurness @The_WriteReads #fantasy #shadows

Genre: Fantasy
Bookxpert Rating: 3.5/5

A huge thank you to the author R.J.Furness and Dave of WriteReads for having me on this tour. Today is my stop on the tour for Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five #1.


Have you ever seen something you can’t explain? Did it vanish as fast as it appeared?
Perhaps that thing you saw was lurking in the shadows, and you caught a glimpse of it before it went back into hiding.
There’s a good chance, of course, that the thing you saw simply emerged from your imagination.
Or maybe, just maybe, it didn’t…

Sapphire Smyth is no stranger to rejection. When she was only a baby, her father abandoned her after her mother died. Since then, Sapphire has never felt like she belonged anywhere, or with anyone. To make things worse, her foster carers have now turned their back on her- on her eighteenth birthday. After living with them throughout her childhood, Sapphire has to find a new home. Is it any wonder she finds it hard to trust people?
Abandoned by the people she called family, Sapphire is alone and searching for some meaning in her life. Except that meaning has already come looking for her. When she discovers mysterious creatures lurking in the shadows, Sapphire soon realises that her fate is unlike anything she had ever imagined.


This review is going to be short, just like the book.

I started with reading the Preface, and Furness has written reasons he made this book as a series, which had me a little confused. By the end of the book I understood why he needed to clarify that.

The book is 69 pages long. It’s been written as an episode, and will be continued in the next one, there are going to be seven in total. This is the first time I read such an episodic book, so I’m not completely comfortable with it. I feel like I’ve been left hanging mid-story. I couldn’t believe when it ended just as the mystery was starting to unfold and the plot was thickening up. This is the only reason for the 3.5 star rating and not more stars.

The book describes the day of Sapphire’s eighteenth birthday. That is when she is gifted a bracelet that belonged to her mom who died some years back. In hiding from the pelting rain, she discovers a unique magic this bracelet stirs within her. She can communicate with shadows.There is also something shady going on with her best friend Ben, which I haven’t yet understood because the story ended leaving me in the dark!

So far, so good. The plot is good, and the premise for the series sounds even better. I’m waiting to see what Furness has lined up next. The writing is very engaging. There really was so little material that I can’t write a lot, so all I can say is- This much ain’t enough to make me afraid of shadows! Bring it On.

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About the Author:

R. J. Furness has been passionate about great stories since he was able to read. At an early age, he would frequently create new characters, worlds and creatures, then write crazy tales all about them. However, until now, he has always kept those ideas completely secret. After having a lifelong interest in animals, music and anything spawned from pure imagination, R.J.’s first love are now his wife and children. Over time, he has also developed an overwhelming desire for mugs of tea and good biscuits to dunk. He lives in Southport, England, with his family, a dog and several fish, chickens and quails.

Connect with Furness here-

Other Stuff :

The Title:- Sapphire Smyth and The Shadow Five- Sapphire is somehow connected to shadows, but even in not very clear on this yet.

Genre :- Fantasy

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